In the year 2019, a plague has transformed the majority of the world’s population into vampires. Humankind teeters on the brink of extinction, in danger of being either turned into vampires or captured and farmed for their precious blood, sold at premium prices.
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(spoiler)Very interesting angle for the vampires against humans cenario. The Spierig brothers created a (near)post-apocalyptic world, not too much unlike what we would see in some zombie flicks. This was 2009, the year True Blood's second season would premiere. Long before Neil Jordan's 2012 and Jarmusch' 2013 contributions to the vampire cinema collection. And yet I'd add it to those rare inovative bold titles.
I went in expecting garbage, so I came away from it pleasantly surprised. It's not great but for a bad film it's pretty good. Some interesting ideas (could have been brilliant ideas with further introspection) kept me from wanting to hit fast forward.
I did expect more from this movie, the Spierig's "Undead" was brilliant in some crazy and unexpected ways. The "cure" would have been found by accident much earlier, could have easily been fixed with an "additive" if you know what I mean. 'Splodey vampires were sweet, however, and for what it's worth they still find some very creative ways to use vampire concepts, including a chase scene with shafts of light.
There was a point during Daybreakers that my friend and I, as well as about half of the theater, actually stood up thinking the movie had abruptly ended. That is not a good sign. It ended in earnest a short while later, somehow still managing to avoid resolution. "Oh, they're driving away now. Okay." We left the theater with a laugh, and not in a good way.